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‘Practical joke’ involving knife lands Manuel Acevedo of Agawam in court

Manuel A. Acevedo, 23, of Agawam, pleaded not guilty Friday in Northampton District Court to charges of disorderly conduct and attempting to commit a crime.

According to police, officers were called to the Mobil gasoline station about 9:37 for a report of a man outside the building holding a knife and possibly masked.

Police arrived and found Acevedo and located a green mask and a steak knife discarded behind the gas station.

Acevedo allegedly told police he had called a friend who lives in Northampton for a ride and had planned on “freaking him out” by putting on the mask and brandishing the knife when he arrived.

He said he was waiting for that friend to arrive when he was spotted by witnesses, according to police.

Police said Acevedo never entered the gas station nor the nearby Dunkin’ Donuts, but was allegedly wearing the mask and carrying the knife when he walked past, according to witnesses.

Acevedo was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court May 3 for a pre-trial hearing.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@gazettenet.com.

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